“Old young farmers” to be accommodated under national reserve scheme

NEVILLE WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MINISTER SIMON COVENEY THAT THE “OLD YOUNG FARMERS” WILL BE ACCOMMODATED UNDER THE NATIONAL RESERVE SCHEME
Dan Neville TD Chairman Fine Gael Parliamentary Party on today Friday 20th March has warmly welcomed announcement by Simon Coveney TD Minister for Agriculture, Food, Marine and Defence that the group known as “The Old Young Farmers” will be accommodated under the 2015 National Reserve Scheme.

“Minister Coveney said that he has decided that “farmers who established their holding between January 1st 2008 and 31st December 2009 and who did not benefit from Installation Aid will be eligible to apply.”

“The term “Old Young Farmer” is used to describe that group of farmers who, based on the date they established their holding in 2008 or 2009, did not have the opportunity to benefit from the Young Farmers Installation Scheme and who in 2015 will not be eligible to qualify as a “Young Farmer” under the new Basic Payment Scheme. The Installation Scheme was suspended in October 2008 while only those farmers who established their holding on or after 1st January 2010 may qualify as “Young Farmers” under the Basic Payment Scheme.”

“Since the start of the negotiations on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy the Minister for Agriculture has been very aware of that group of farmers who, while meeting all other conditions of these schemes, were not able to benefit from either Scheme. I warmly welcome the announcement that this group will now be eligible to apply to the National Reserve.”

“The National Reserve that will be established under the new Basic Payment Scheme gives priority to young farmers and new entrants to farming. However there is an optional provision whereby member states may allocate new entitlements or give a top up on the value of existing entitlements for persons who suffer from a specific disadvantage. After consultation with the EU Commission, it has now been agreed that the “Old Young Farmer” group can be categorised as such a group.”